Winterhalter has announced the top 10 kitchen porters of the year for 2019 – with the overall winner and two runners-up set to be revealed next month.
The warewashing equipment manufacturer has run its KP of the Year competition for a number of years and aims to shed a light on the unsung heroes of commercial kitchens.
“Every year the entries get better and the decision gets harder,” said Winterhalter managing director Stephen Kinkead, who revealed that the winner will walk away with £1,000 in cash and enjoy a celebratory meal with their friends and family in a casual-dining restaurant of their choice.
The winner’s place of work will win a prize too, in the shape of one of Winterhalter’s warewash products, worth up to £8,000. The two runners-up receive £250 cash.
The 10 kitchen porters to make the shortlist include:
- Edwin Ballogan, kitchen porter and maintenance manager, Cookery School at Little Portland Street, London
- Debbie Dale, kitchen porter, Beachcroft Hotels, West Sussex
- Sam Idubol, chief steward, Royal Air Force Club, London
- Dauda Issa, head kitchen porter, Hide Ground, London
- Davie Fleetham, kitchen assistant, BaxterStorey, Edinburgh
- Amanda Lunn, kitchen porter, Compass Group, Craigavon, Northern Ireland
- Henryk Miekina, senior kitchen porter, The Cavendish, London
- Cheryl Macdonald, kitchen porter, Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough
- Daniel Ndaruhutse, back of house kitchen porter, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
- John O’Connell, stable kitchen porter, The Stable, London
The judging panel for the initiative includes Mr Kinkead as well as James Horler, chief executive of Ego Restaurants and director of Patisserie Valerie; Richard Davies, chef at the Calcot Hotel & Spa; Sara Jayne Stanes, chief executive of the, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts; Hayden Groves, executive chef at BaxterStorey; Mark Lewis, chief executive of Hospitality Action; and Stephen Kinkead, managing director, Winterhalter UK.